Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CRAFT - Make Your Own Embellie


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in creating a homemade embellishment.  Your choice, just add it to a creation and share it with us for a chance to win.  

Our Sponsor this week is -


Here's my card using Simon Says Stamp's set, Some Bunny -


I chose to make little embroidered flowers to embellish my card.  I have a nice collection of crochet thread.  I found these instructions via Google and was able to work these flowers up very quickly.  I think I'm going to make a few more up for my friends.  I am one of those people that can rarely just sit and watch TV, so this will give me something constructive to do.

I do hope you'll stop by the CRAFT Challenge blog to share your handmade embellie and to leave a little love for the DT.  They have some great makes this week!

Aloha,
Brenda


Supplies:
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Some Bunny (from the February stamp kit) 
Paper:  Doodlebug designs and Nitwits Collection
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories:  MFT wonky stitched oval, Paper Smooches Stitched (border) die, buttons from stash, clear embossing powder, crochet thread from stash 
Coloring medium:  Copic markers

Hippity Hoppity


Sandy is our hostess this week at Little Red Wagon and she wants to see some little creature that hops.  That translates to using either bunnies or frogs or the like on our projects (maybe a Kangaroo?).  I decided to make another Easter card using the new release from The Cat's Pajamas Stamps.



I hope life will allow you some time to to let your creative juices flow.  Can't wait to see your Bunnies and Frogs and how you use them on your projects.  Thanks for dropping by.  

Aloha, 
Brenda

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Release

It's week two of The Cat's Pajamas TCP Challenge, Spring.  What better way to say Spring than to use some of the special March release?



Today I'm using the new stamp set and one of the new sets to create an Easter card.  What could be Springier than that?



For this card I used Easter Bunny CutUps and the flowers and dots from Happy Easter.  I love the many ways you can use these fab sets.

You still have plenty of time to link up.  Here are the details on our challenge -

  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge.
  3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
  4. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
For more ideas, stop in and see ChristineDeborahJessicaJulieNancy and Wendy.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Aloha,
Brenda

Go For It!


We have a new challenge for you over at From the Heart Stamps!  The sketch below is a really fun one and goes so perfectly with the tWist and the colors.  You pick which you want to do, just be sure to use one of your From the Heart digis on your creation.

I decided to use what is without a doubt, one of my favorite FtH images, Surfs Up Birdbrain -


I did follow the sketch, though it's hard to tell since I used vellum stained with distress ink.  This sketch just seems to work so well with the design and the tWist, what do you think?

For all the details on the challenge, you can check out this page.  We are looking forward to seeing what you make for this fun challenge.  Also want to remind you the are still a few days left in the SOTM challenge if you haven't already entered.

Thanks, as always for stopping by.  I pray you have a wonderful week

Aloha,
Brenda


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Sketch Saturday Birthday Bear



Happy Saturday (or Friday night depending on where you live).  Wow, I really loved working with this new Sketch Saturday sketch!  I hope you'll have time to join in on the fun this week.  Here's the sketch -


And here's my card using every day animals from our sponsor, Just ME Digital Stamps -


How can you resist such a wonderful sketch?  The Sketch Saturday Girls are waiting to see your fabulous creations.

Thanks for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What do you like to color with?


It's time for another As You Like It Challenge.  This fortnight our challenge theme is what is your favorite coloring medium.  Show us your colored creation and tell us why it's your favorite medium.

Here is my card, using my favorite coloring medium, Copic markers -


I honestly love coloring and still have Prismacolor pencils from an adult coloring book period in the 80's.  I still remember when I saw a Copic colored image on someones blog for the first time.  I was in love and so happy they were available here at a local art store (though very expensive).  Then I took a class and I haven't looked back.   The thing is, I really want to learn how to use colored pencils and watercolor or Distress reinkers, just so little time and so many wonderful things to explore.  Kit and Clowder, here I come!  For details on this card see below.

I'm really curious to see why you have chosen your favorite coloring medium and can wait to see your creations to learn what your favorite is.  We would love for you to head back to the AYLI blog to link up your creation.  While you are there, check out the prize that's up for grabs and take a look at the gorgeous creations the DT made for you to see!  

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your week is going well!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Saturated Canary (no longer availablešŸ˜’)
Sentiment:  LOTV tag sentiments
Dies:  Go Kreate Lg Frilly Frame #7, Spellbinders oval nestibilities
Paper:  Digital paper not sure who offers this, probably Nitwit's Collection
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black
Accessories:  clear embossing powder and Stampendous embossing enamel, Paper Studio flowers, Darice Natural Hemp
Coloring medium:  Copic markers

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Add a Charm


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us this week in making a creation and adding a charm to it.

Our Sponsor this week is -

Here's my card using the darling image provided by Sami Stamps, 3 Christmas Sweaters -


I hope you think our challenge sounds fun and that you will join us over at the CRAFT Challenge blog.  Be sure to take a look at the wonderful creations from the design team, you are sure to be inspired.

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image:  Sami Stamps 3 Christmas Sweaters
Sentiment:  LOTV Christmas tags
Die Cuts:  Go Kreate Frilly Frame #10, The Cat's Pajamas Snowflake CutUps
Paper:  Nitwits Collection
Ink:  VersaFine onyx black
Accessories:  bauble charm from Michael's, ribbon from stash, 
Coloring medium:  Copic markers

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Cat's Pajamas Special Spring Release


I have another card today, made with the new Spring Wreath CutUps from The Cat's Pajamas.  


For my card, I only used the CutUps however the Happy Easter stamp set coordinates with this die.



Here's my card which works perfectly for The Little Red Wagon Challenge this week.  Kate wants us to use a transparency or a window and I went literal -



For details on this card, see below.  If you haven't become a follower of The Cat's Pajamas blog, please do so you can keep up with all the wonderful Spring/Easter creations the Cat Pack is sharing.

Thanks for stopping by.

Aloha, 
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps - The Cat's Pajamas Show Me the Monkey (sentiment)
CutUps - The Cat's Pajamas Spring Wreath, Grass and Window CutUps
Ink - VersaFine onyx black, SU! Baked Brown Sugar
Paper - scraps from stash
Misc - Sizzix embossing folder, thread, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Nuvo crystal drops, SU! chalks


Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Surprise



If you haven't check out The Cat's Pajamas Store lately, you NEED to head right on over there.  We couldn't wait, so Alma is doing a special release.  We have some new stamps and CutUps that are perfect for Spring and that just happens to be our new TCP Tuesday Challenge.
For the challenge today I used the brand new Easter Bunny CutUps and the Happy Easter stamp set.



Here's what I came up with -


All these goodies are available in the store right now and would make this challenge a breeze.  Stay tuned for more creations from the Cat Pack.  Be sure to watch The Cat's Pajamas blog for all the happenings.

Supplies:
Stamps - The Cat's Pajamas Happy Easter
Cut Ups - Easter Bunny, Dots, Eggs in a Basket
Paper - scraps from stash
Ink - Hero Arts Passion Flower
Misc - Krafty Kids Pompoms, Darice White Hemp

Easy Does It at From the Heart Stamps


It's new sketch time over on the From the Heart blog.  It's a great sketch by Faith with a fun tWist, Easy Does It and great colors.


I chose by image based on the 'Easy Does It' tWist (and the fact I have tons of male birthdays in the very near futurešŸ˜€).  Here's my card using Birthday Brew -


I have to confess, the picture here is different from the one on the website.  I fully intended to add the glossy accents from the beginning, but was in such a hurry to get it done and photographed, that it completely slipped my mind!  I didn't get a chance to pop this onto the FtH website.

Anyway, I hope you like it and I hope you'll join in challenge #167.  We really do love looking at your wonderful creations and how you handle the FtH images.  

For all the challenge info, head here, there are a few details you should know.  Don't forget the cutie SOTM either.  I need to be coloring my mine up very soon!

Wishing you a wonderful week full of good stuff!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Image - From the Heart Stamps Birthday Brew
Sentiment - The Cat's Pajamas
Ink - VersaFine onyx black
Paper - Authentique Free Bird
Accessories - glossy accents
Coloring medium - Copic markers
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Whimsie Doodles - Arigato


I want to share this cute little Whimsie Doodles Geisha Girl I colored up last weekend.  You can find her in the WD store under the People section.  I got out my precious washi paper stash and chose a piece to use as the background.  It's hard to appreciate, but there are gold and silver flecks in the paper that go perfectly with the die cut oval she is standing on. 

Here's my card using sketch 37 from Paper Play -


Thanks for stopping by today.  If you have any questions, just leave a comment.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Aloha,
Brenda

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CRAFT 407


It's time for another CRAFT Challenge!  We would love for you to join us in making a Christmas project.  

Our Sponsors this week are -




I decided to use this cute little birdie which is a freebie by Karin Zander.  I colored him up awhile ago to use at some point.  With time being in short supply lately, I pressed him into service.  There are several more darling images she has up for grabs just because she "likes drawing".  What a kind act.  Here is my card -




If you are wanting to add to your Christmas card stash, this is a great way to do it and at the same time stand a chance of winning some darling digistamps!  I hope you'll drop by the CRAFT Challenge blog for some inspiration and to see what the other teamies have created.  

I pray your week is going well!

Aloha,
Brenda

Supplies:
Stamps:  Kajans freebie
Paper:  Nitwits Collection and cardstock scraps
Accessories:  Reverse Confetti Holly Confetti Cuts
Coloring medium:  Copic markers

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Whimsie Doodles Monthly Challenge


The 15th of the month has rolled around again and it's time for another challenge at Whimsie Doodles.  This month, if you want to play with the twist, we we want to see bunnies on your projects.      But remember the challenge is always anything goes.  Here's a link to all the scoop.

I loved the FtH sketch #166 so much, I used it again.  Here's my card using Carting Carrots from the Easter section in the Whimsie Doodles store -


I'm leaving you with a link to a WD freebie that would be perfect for this challenge.  Looking forward to seeing your creations!  Thanks for popping in.

Aloha,
Brenda

Monday, March 13, 2017

TCP Tuesday - Water Part II


Welcome to The Cat's Pajamas TCP Tuesday week 2 of the water challenge.  I decided to go with frozen water for my card.  I can understand how many people wouldn't want to think about cold with Spring just around the corner, but this is such a cute set and just seemed perfect for this challenge.

Here's my card featuring Just Chillin' and Hill and Dale CutUps -



Here are the details on our challenge -

  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted on The Cat’s Pajamas blog and our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design to The Cat’s Pajamas blog page using the InLinkz button by the Monday, 11:55 EDT before the next challenge.
  3. You are not required to use a Cat’s Pajamas stamp or die but if you have them we would love to see them.
  4. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
For more ideas, stop in and see DeborahJessica, and Julie.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Looking forward to seeing your wonderful creations!

Aloha,
Brenda
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Be Bold


It's Monday and time for a new sketch over at From the Heart Stamps!  This week you can use the fab sketch below or the tWist which is Be Bold or the great color combo shown below.


Here's my take on the sketch - 


I would say Lucky Birdbrain is going a bit BOLD with all that green and all those prints, wouldn't you? 

For all the scoop on the challenge, you can visit here.  Remember you must use a FtH Stamps image to participate.  If you need an image, Faith has quite a selections of cute freebies to get your feet wet with.  If you do, you could win some images of your choice.

Thanks for stopping by!

Aloha,
Brenda

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Sketch Saturday #454


If it's Saturday, it's time for a new sketch over at Sketch Saturday.  This week our sponsor is Sami Stamps.  They just happen to be one of my favorite digi stores.  



Here's the sketch we have for you this week, lots of possibilities here and I can't wait to see what you do with it.


Here's my take on #454, using Poppies Bunch -


I hope your weekend is full of all you love!  Thanks for popping in.

Aloha, 
Brenda

PS - Sorry this is late, I guess I have a hard time pressing publish these days...